Book Reviews of Dirty Magic

Dirty Magic
Dirty Magic
Author: Carol Hughes
ISBN-13: 9780375831874
ISBN-10: 0375831878
Publication Date: 10/24/2006
Pages: 432
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating:
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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5 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Book Type: Hardcover
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Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

I really liked Carol Hughes' book DIRTY MAGIC. It is about an unlikely hero by the name of Joe.

Joe has a major fight with his little sister, Hannah, and wishes she were dead. The next thing he knows, he is dreaming that his sister is being taken away in an ambulance. He wakes up and finds a gray girl named Katherine, who says she needs to take him to Asphodel, so that he can find his sister. Asphodel is the place where children go when they are in comas to wait for either life or death.

In Asphodel, he finds a very dreary, industrialized place.

It is constantly raining. He is taken to a guide and luck finds him with a blind guide named Spider. At first we believe that Spider is not very reliable, but soon we learn that Spider is the one person that Joe needs to believe in and follow if he wants to find his sister. This land is at war. There are killing machines, secret police, and a bureaucracy that makes moving across this land almost impossible. They have to go to Long City, which is in the middle of the country, and the adventure they have dodging the machines, the secret police, and surviving the weather is amazing. On this journey Joe learns about the politics of the land and starts to use his brains to help the three of them survive.

The end of this story has a great twist and I enjoyed the last one hundred pages immensely. I have rated this for older teens, but a mature younger reader would probably also like it. The moral of this story is that we all do things that are horrible but we can all be forgiven. That we are not be so ashamed of our secrets that we hide from the world and let others rule over us. This is a great lesson to learn at any age.

So if you like books about war, fantasy, science fiction, and great relationships, go pick up a copy of DIRTY MAGIC.
reviewed Dirty Magic on + 7145 more book reviews
Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

I really liked Carol Hughes' book DIRTY MAGIC. It is about an unlikely hero by the name of Joe.

Joe has a major fight with his little sister, Hannah, and wishes she were dead. The next thing he knows, he is dreaming that his sister is being taken away in an ambulance. He wakes up and finds a gray girl named Katherine, who says she needs to take him to Asphodel, so that he can find his sister. Asphodel is the place where children go when they are in comas to wait for either life or death.

In Asphodel, he finds a very dreary, industrialized place.

It is constantly raining. He is taken to a guide and luck finds him with a blind guide named Spider. At first we believe that Spider is not very reliable, but soon we learn that Spider is the one person that Joe needs to believe in and follow if he wants to find his sister. This land is at war. There are killing machines, secret police, and a bureaucracy that makes moving across this land almost impossible. They have to go to Long City, which is in the middle of the country, and the adventure they have dodging the machines, the secret police, and surviving the weather is amazing. On this journey Joe learns about the politics of the land and starts to use his brains to help the three of them survive.

The end of this story has a great twist and I enjoyed the last one hundred pages immensely. I have rated this for older teens, but a mature younger reader would probably also like it. The moral of this story is that we all do things that are horrible but we can all be forgiven. That we are not be so ashamed of our secrets that we hide from the world and let others rule over us. This is a great lesson to learn at any age.

So if you like books about war, fantasy, science fiction, and great relationships, go pick up a copy of DIRTY MAGIC.